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What a good day we’ve had so far! The weather has been absolutely perfect – sunny, temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s, and just a bit of a breeze. Perfect for walking around Versailles! That’s really been the only thing we’ve done today, actually. And that’s fine by me. 🙂

We were hoping to start our day at Café Varenne, but we didn’t make it there…again. But hey, that’s okay! We just need to get our butts in gear a little bit earlier tomorrow morning so we can make it over there in time for breakfast. Or maybe we should just accept the fact that we won’t make it in time for breakfast and have lunch there instead.

Getting back to Versailles, we found that it was really easy to get there. Versailles is a little ways out from the center of Paris, so you can’t use a standard Metro ticket to get there. However, it is located on the RER line, which is the train system for Paris and its suburbs. After doing a bit of internet sleuthing, we discovered we just needed to go to our local Metro station, buy a ticket to Versailles, and head out. The machine had an English option, so it was super easy to navigate the menus and select Versailles as our destination. The station is called Versailles-Château – Rive Gauche and a round-trip ticket was €6.70 per person, so it was very affordable and pretty quick (about a 40-minute train ride from the Invalides Metro station).

As a building (and surrounding grounds), Versailles is pretty amazing! The various rooms, fixtures, etc. are very opulent – it really feels like the former palace and home of royalty that it is. Although it functions primarily as a museum and tourist attraction these days, it is still used for some political functions as well.

What’s that you say? You want some pictures of our day at Versailles? Check ’em out below!

Versailles Exterior1
The view of Versailles while waiting in the security line (it moved quickly!)

Versailles Exterior2
We got a much better view after we got through the security line

Jeff and Scott Versailles2
Me and Scott enjoying the view outside Versailles before heading in

Versailles Panorama
Check out the great panorama of the area in front of Versailles (be sure to click to see the full version)

Versailles Interior1
One of the many opulent rooms in Versailles

Versailles Interior2
Want more opulence? You got it!

Versailles Hall of Mirrors
The famous Hall of Mirrors

Jeff and Scott Hall of Mirrors
Me and Scott in the Hall of Mirrors

Versailles Gardens
We didn’t buy the separate ticket to actually walk through the gardens, but here’s a sneak peek of them

Jeff Versailles
A quick selfie in front of Versailles before heading back to the apartment

Paris Italian Food
We stopped for a late lunch/early dinner at a little Italian place around the corner from our apartment and got this amazing food

It’s barely 7p right now, so the day isn’t over yet! We purposely ate an early dinner because we’re going to do a little picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower this evening. I’ve been saying that we need to see the tower lit up at night and what better way to do that than with a picnic? After that, we’ll hopefully be meeting up with a friend of ours who happens to be in Paris for work right now. Should be a great night!